Getting Into the Swing of Kettlebells

If you belong to a gym or health club, you may have won­dered about those cast-­iron or steel balls called kettlebells, which look like small cannonballs with...

Roll Away Body Pain

It’s not often that you find great exercise equipment costing $25 or less. But cylindrical foam rollers, which you can roll your body over in countless ways,...

How Exercise Affects Appetite

Many people think that exercise will make them hungrier, and that the calories they burn while exercising will be more than made up for by the extra...

The Benefits of Eccentric Exercise

Standard strength training involves putting tension on a muscle so that the muscle shortens as it contracts. That’s called concentric exercise. For example, when doing a bicep...

What is Weight-Bearing Exercise?

What counts as weight-bearing exercise, the kind recommended to help keep bones strong? It’s any sustained activity you do against the force of gravity, which is essential...

Video Games and Exercise

“Exergaming” (or “exertainment”) is the latest video game craze, which allows you to play sports “virtually” using interactive computer technology. It sounds invigorating, but is it real...

Should You Do Interval Training?

We’re all looking for a fitness routine that provides the most benefits with the least effort in the shortest time. That’s why pie-in-the-sky ads for special exercise...

Your Heart Beat and Your Health

Your heart rate during exercise, as well as at rest, can tell you a lot about how fit you are—and perhaps even some other things about your...

Exercising to Stop Smoking

If you’re trying to quit smoking, starting an exercise program may help you succeed. Exercise often comes with a mindset—specifically a “turning-over-a-new-leaf” mentality. People who exercise are more...

Exercise and Asthma

Millions of Americans are affected by some degree of exercise-induced asthma (EIA), including most people with chronic asthma and perhaps one-third of people with allergies, such as...
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